Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Gulf Islands National Seashore is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
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Classical music blended with the sound of surf along the shores of Santa Rosa Sound at the Soundside Serenade, held under the trees at the Naval Live Oaks Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida. Read more
Gulf Islands National Seashore has played an active role in enhancing the education and preservation of our American heritage. During the summer months, kids from across the country have participated in the park's Junior Ranger series, the Civil War Kids Camp. Hands-on discovery such as making hardtack, sending code, dressing in aprons and uniforms, washing clothes, rolling bandages are used to instill a deeper understanding of our nation's past. Read more
Since 2008, Gulf Islands National Seashore has been educating visitors about the plight of sea turtles, and the trials they face while navigating the beaches along the northern Gulf. Partnering with the Escambia Amateur Astronomy Association, millions of visitors have learned the importance of preserving the Seashore's unique dark sky vista's. Hands-on education, during the park's Full Moon Walks, allows all ages the opportunity to get to know these endangered Gulf reptiles. Read more
Civil War Soldier in Candlelight Tour Read more
Healthy outdoor activities in the park. Read more
Did You Know?
The Third System fortifications consisted of 42 forts built between 1816 and 1870. They were used to guard all the principal harbors, rivers, and naval yards of the United States. Only the Advanced Redoubt of Fort Barrancas at Gulf Islands National Seashore was built entirely for land defense.